CBD and sports – a winning combination?

A healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet go hand in hand, complemented if necessary by dietary supplements such as CBD. Another key factor in healthy living is getting plenty of exercise. It turns out that the benefits of using CBD enable us to increase the intensity of our exercise routines. In this article, we are happy to explain just how this works.

What causes muscle pain?

Many people experience muscle pain, or myalgia, after exercise. If the pain is severe, this may indicate an injury. In that case, it is wise to take some time to recover, and CBD can help ease the pain while recovering. If, on the other hand, the level of stress on your muscles is appropriate, especially when combined with a healthy diet, muscle pain usually means that your body is generating additional muscle tissue. During exercise, small lesions and inflammations can arise in your muscle tissue. In order to repair this minor damage, the body produces new muscle tissues in the affected parts of the muscles, making them stronger in the process. This does not mean that muscle pain is necessary for muscle development, however. Moreover, not everyone has the same level of sensitivity, so not everyone will experience the same level of pain after similar exercise routines.

CBD can relieve pain and counter inflammation

As we have pointed out elsewhere on this site, multiple studies have clearly demonstrated CBD’s ability to relieve pain https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/. If you experience less pain during and after exercise, you can go for a more intensive exercise routine or wok out longer, which increases the benefits of your sports activities.

In addition to pain relief, it is likely that CBD speeds up the restoration process in your muscles, too. This is because CBD activates receptors in the body involved in anti-inflammatory action. These are the so-called ‘vanilloid receptors’. Studies conducted on rats have indicated that using CBD to activate these receptors has anti-inflammatory effects. You can read more about it here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15313881. Since part of our muscle pain is caused by minor inflammations, and since we have the same physiological system governing muscle pain recovery as rats, CBD is quite likely to help our own muscles recover after exercise.

The endocannabinoid system provides the reward

It is in fact not that strange for CBD to have all of these properties. As it turns out, our own body’s endocannabinoid system is partially responsible for the rewarding experience we get after exercise. The pleasant feeling that people experience after intense physical exertion, also known as the ‘athelete’s high’, is caused by this system https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/38/5/536. This make the link between CBD and the endocannabinoid system a fairly obvious one.

Healthy living, exercise with awareness

The starting point of any healthy lifestyle is awareness. Consciously choosing a healthy diet, not too much stress in your daily life if at all possible, and plenty of exercise are crucial. Even though CBD can provide a certain level of support here, you should stay focused on your healthy habits. Although you may experience less severe muscle pain and your muscles may recover faster, you still need to make sure you don’t overburden yourself. Gradually build up your exercise regime in the correct way and ask for expert advice if needed. This will keep your athletic efforts fun and healthy at the same time – enjoy!